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Updated December 23, 2017
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  1. "Great place to gain experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hands on from day one

    Cons

    Below average support staff all around.


  2. "Too much work for too little pay."

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown & James, PC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots to do, and, therefore, you will get a lot of experience right away. Depending on your sub group you have that could be a pro or a con.

    Cons

    No real training. Law school doesn’t teach you how to actually lawyer, so one would expect a first employer to help—not here. Also depending on your sub group your life could suck here—it’s a swing between abusive and unprofessional and really good ones. If you’re planning on making bonus, then planning on having zero work-life balance. The firm knows that first and second years normally aren’t sticking around, so why care? Also there is a pervasive unprofessional environment here-cursing, screaming and sexual innuendo.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a better training program...saying search on DM for an example is not training. Also, look at other StL firms for a more attainable bonus structure. Also if you’re going to preach professionalism, then enforce it.

  3. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC full-time

    Pros

    Overall, top notch litigation defense firm. The firm strives to ensure that every lawyer in the firm is capable of competently defending a case from responsive pleading through verdict.

    Cons

    Overly concerned with the bottom line.


  4. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Godfrey, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Godfrey, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brown & James, PC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible work schedule.
    35 hour work week.

    Cons

    Heavy litigation work load, untrained HR, partners who yell at support staff and it is a hostile work environment and non-managing management.


  5. "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, low priced insurance benefits

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Unqualified people working in various positions


  6. "Legal Assistant / Accounts Receivables"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Euless, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Euless, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Brown & James, PC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small office in downtown Fort Worth; good salary and benefits. Family friendly. Nice people to work with and to assist.

    Cons

    Difficult clients. Need to offer employee performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Retain better quality clients.


  7. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Busy, knowledge, friendly, variety, large

    Cons

    High Turnover rate and low raises

  8. "legal assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Belleville, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Belleville, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible daily work schedule with core hours.

    Cons

    Large firm that behaves like a small firm.

    Advice to Management

    Should consider a billing department dedicated to increasingly complex client guidelines. Provide more of a managerial presence in satellite offices to minimize animosity and bullying by senior staff. Curb obvious favoritism.


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    "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal/Administration/Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Paralegal/Administration/Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, 35-hour work week, benefits. I guess if your boss can get you a higher raise because you don't like yours that is a "pro?"

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism, old-school/"boys" club management, technology, slow to improve technology processes, especially for handling large data management keeping one of the largest St. Louis law firms behind the times. Also, lack of appreciation and carrying only about some people; depleting the souls of the support staff;

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee engagement and training; there are so many support staff that have no idea how to do their job that they are just getting by because they "support" their boss or "another attorney." Seriously! It's the only place I know that "pictures" are worth a thousand words.... or I mean "dollars." AMAZING!


  10. "Good benefits, average salaries, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Company contributes to 401K. Potential to learn a lot. Very nice managing partner.

    Cons

    Poor management in many ways. Salaries okay. Human relations not very good.


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